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The Sacrament Of Confession… The Sins Against The Holy Spirit

October 7, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Confession… The Sins Against The Holy Spirit

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 The sins against the Holy Spirit are seen in the Gospel and must be considered very seriously. It was Jesus Christ who said that “whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matt. 12:32). Doesn’t it seem to contradict our Lord’s teaching on mercy to all sinners? How come, then, He distinctly says that a sin against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable? What was the context that our Lord was referring to, when He said that the sin against the Holy Spirit was not forgivable either in this life or in the next? In the context, our Lord Jesus Christ was…Continue Reading

Virtues Related To Justice

October 6, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Virtues Related To Justice

By DON FIER As we continued our consideration of the four cardinal virtues in last week’s column, we saw that the second, justice, “consists in the firm and constant will to give God and neighbor their due” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1836). As articulated by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn in volume 3 of Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Among all the virtues that prudence [the first cardinal virtue] guides, justice stands in the first place” (p. 35). Its underlying importance for man’s peaceful personal and social coexistence is apparent. In short, “to be a just person means to refrain from doing any evil to others and to do the good to others that they deserve” (Fr.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 5, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. People keep describing the clergy sexual abuse problem as a violation of celibacy. But isn’t it really an abuse of chastity? — D.T., Pennsylvania. A. Yes. Celibacy is the state or condition of those who have chosen to remain unmarried for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven in order to give themselves entirely to God and to the service of His people. Chastity is the moral virtue by which we conform our sexuality to the divine plan of God and live a life of purity. So a priest, bishop, or cardinal who engages in sexual activity, whether of the heterosexual or homosexual variety, is not violating his vow of celibacy since he is not married. He is, however,…Continue Reading

“This Is All I Can Do Now”… Applying A Practice Of St. Catherine Of Siena To Our Current Crisis

October 3, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on “This Is All I Can Do Now”… Applying A Practice Of St. Catherine Of Siena To Our Current Crisis

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted the following on his blog of September 24, 2018, and it is reprinted here with his kind permission.) + + + Many Catholics have struggled to find a voice that has been nearly washed out of us by our training. We remember a time when it was unthinkable to criticize a priest; those who did were quickly rebuked, with little opportunity for explanation. Bishops and especially the Pope were not to be questioned let alone criticized. We have now seen the sometimes horrifying toll of unhealthy deference, of setting a class of men apart from critique or accountability. Respect surely has its place; we should not correct with unneeded harshness,…Continue Reading

What God Has Joined Together

October 2, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What God Has Joined Together

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Gen. 2:18-24 Heb. 2:2-9 Mark 10:2-16 When we consider the effects original sin has had on our souls by darkening our minds and weakening our wills, then with the enemy of our souls taking advantage of that situation, the result is downright terrifying. In today’s readings we are presented with two of the greatest blessings humanity possesses: marriage and children. In the first reading we see God creating the woman and establishing the institution of Holy Matrimony. In the Nuptial Blessing at a wedding ceremony there is a beautiful line reminding us that marriage is the one gift which was not forfeited by original sin or washed away…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… What’s A Catholic To Do? Letter To A Bishop

October 1, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… What’s A Catholic To Do? Letter To A Bishop

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Last week my run-on column had to be cut short in the print edition by my very patient editors. I begin here with the last paragraphs of “As For Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord,” wherein I was offering advice for families who wish to persevere in these very trying times for Catholics. “Each of us must maintain a guard over body and soul, keeping ourselves pure. Life is a gift over which we do not have ultimate control, coming as it does from God and ending at His pleasure. We can pray for long life and even live with expectation of such if we so choose. But we must be ever…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Confession… Devotional Confession

September 30, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Confession… Devotional Confession

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 It is a common scene in any devout Catholic parish to have people going to Confession once a month, and others once a week, even though they may not have any mortal sins on their conscience. Venial sins, strictly speaking, do not demand Confession, and a good and sincere act of contrition may secure the forgiveness. If so, why should anyone go to Confession if they have nothing serious for which to seek forgiveness? This pious and most praiseworthy custom is called “Devotional Confession” or “Optional Confession.” It is the Sacrament of Penance as received by those who have only venial sins to confess, or sins already forgiven in a previous Confession. This…Continue Reading

The Cardinal Virtues — Justice

September 29, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Cardinal Virtues — Justice

By DON FIER As has been emphasized over the past two weeks, the cardinal virtue of prudence is the first and most necessary of all the moral virtues. Its primary function, as articulated by Fr. Jordan Aumann, OP, “is precisely to point out and command the just mean or measure in regard to any and all human actions” (Spiritual Theology [SpT], pp. 276-277). It is the virtue that “disposes reason to discern in every circumstance our true good and to choose the right means for achieving it” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 380). Supernaturally infused prudence “operates under reason enlightened by faith and informed with charity” (SpT, p. 276); it assists one in guarding against excess…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 28, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I was surprised to read in one of your recent columns that there are different levels of Heaven. Does praying for those deceased who are perhaps already in Heaven elevate their position or status in Heaven? What is the Church’s position on that? — A.C., Tennessee. A. The Church’s position is that of St. Paul, whom we quoted as having said that the quality of one’s spiritual life on Earth will determine the level of happiness one will enjoy in Heaven. While praying for the deceased can get them out of Purgatory into Heaven, we don’t think that our prayers can change one’s status in Heaven since that was decided by the kind of life they led on Earth.…Continue Reading

Pope John Paul II: Message For The Cologne World Youth Day “We Have Come To Worship Him”

September 26, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope John Paul II: Message For The Cologne World Youth Day “We Have Come To Worship Him”

(Editor’s Note: In view of the upcoming Synod on Youth, we revisit Pope John Paul II’s Message to the Youth of the World for the 20th World Youth Day, held in Cologne, August 2005. John Paul’s message was dated August 6, 2004. He died on April 2, 2005. The Cologne World Youth Day was the first for Pope Benedict XVI.) + + + “We have come to worship him” (Matt. 2:2) + + + My dear young people! This year we have celebrated the 19th World Youth Day, meditating on the desire expressed by some Greeks who had gone to Jerusalem for the Passover: “We wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). And here we are now, making our way to…Continue Reading